|Bangladesh envoy slams claims Singapore rioting was triggered by bus accident involving worker
The diplomatic representative for Bangladesh in Singapore said there was no factual basis for news reports in some Singapore media that the riot in the Indian enclave resulted from an accident involving a Bangladeshi worker.
High Commissioner Mahbubuz Zaman, also called on the Bangladesh community to be calm and cooperate with law enforcement agencies.
A total of 27 South Asian workers have been arrested for rioting last night in Singapore, the worst bout of violence in the island in many decades.
Singapore broadcaster Channel News Asia cited a statement in which the envoy rejected reports that rioting was triggered by a bus accident involving a Bangladeshi worker.
He said: "I want to categorically state that as per available information, the news reports that appeared on a section of media and news involving a Bangladeshi worker is not based on facts."
"We are pledged and duty bound to help the authorities to maintain rule of law, order and discipline in the society and community. This is necessary to maintain overall law and order, and also to ensure that the law enforcement agencies can carry out their duties and responsibilities."
"We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our hands of cooperation and assistance to the government and relevant agencies," he added.
A police statement said the riot was in the congested Little India district when a 33-year-old Indian man was killed after being hit by a private bus.
Police said about 400 people on the scene began rioting, attacking the bus as well as police vehicles, AFP reported.
State-linked broadcaster MediaCorp said it was the first riot in Singapore since racial disturbances in 1969.